WordPress 5.6.1 maintenance release schedule

After WordPress 5.6 “Simone” was released, some tickets were opened reporting identified bugs, mostly concerning bundled themes.

Given the need for a fast-follow WordPress 5.6.1 release before the end of 2020 was ruled out as no tickets were identified as urgent, the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Team decided to update Twenty Nineteen and Twenty Twenty-One Bundled Themes independently from WordPress Core.

Now, it’s time to merge these changes into a new WordPress minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. and to address the other tickets that have appeared in the meantime.

WordPress 5.6.1 milestone currently contains 22 bundled themes patches plus at least 23 other bugfixes reported after WP 5.6 was released.

The following release schedule is being proposed:

  • Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta).: Thursday 28 January, 2021 around 17:00-19:00 UTC
  • Final release: Wednesday 3 February, 2021, after the weekly devchat

The full list of the tickets targeted for this maintenance release is available on the 5.6.1 tickets report on Trac.